The Murder Stone Mass Market Paperback – 30 Sep 2004
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Family upheaval intensified by wartime tragedy."
--"Kirkus Reviews "
From the Inside Flap
Charles Todd's critically acclaimed novels featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge have been hailed by The Washington Post Book World as "one of the best historical series being written today." The New York Times Book Review calls Todd's mysteries "meticulously wrought...harrowing psychological drama." Now he stakes out new territory in this mesmerizing stand-alone novel of one woman's dark journey through family obsession, wartime secrets, and a chilling legacy....
The Murder Stone
The Great War is still raging in the autumn of 1916, when Francesca Hatton's beloved grandfather dies on the family estate in
England's isolated Exe Valley. Grieving for the man who raised her, Francesca is stunned to find an unsigned letter among his effects, cursing the Hattons and their descendants. Now a stranger has shown up on her doorstep, accusing her grandfather of being a murderer.
Ex-soldier Richard Leighton blames Francis Hatton for the death of his mother, who vanished nearly a quarter of a century earlier. Her body was never found, only a shawl stained with her blood. And Leighton is not the only one with a claim on Francesca's grandfather. On the day of his funeral, unexpected visitors arrive with the mourners, and Francesca is besieged by charges of Hatton's vicious dealings. Yet there is also a shy young woman who praises his secret generosity.
At the center of the intrigue is an unusual white stone that lies hidden in a secluded garden where Francesca once played with her five male cousins, all of them dead now on the battlefields of France. According to the terms of Hatton's will, the Murder Stone must be dug up and transported to Scotland, where it is to beburied forever. But before Francesca can begin the journey, a series of ominous "accidents" occur, culminating in the discovery of a bleeding body on the Murder Stone itself.
Was Hatton the loving, caring protector his granddaughter always believed him to be?
Or a vindictive, secretive man who cultivated dangerous enemies? Francesca sets out in pursuit of the truth--and into the sights of someone determined to exact a revenge long overdue.
"From the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Characterization, for Todd, was quite poor. Leighton was little more than a stick figure, albeit, romantic, but still never a real person. Most of the other character came off the same way, wooden sticks wending their way through the novel. Not even the villianess fared any better. Of all the characters, only Francesca and Stevens, the rector, were given human touches. On the bright side, the book is a page turner and kept me going at a good pace; it's only later on that the book runs out of steam and so do you.
I will look forward to the new Rutledge novel, hoping that it will not be as
overdone as this one is.
although i enjoyed the writing enough to stay up much too late to finish the book, i won't be keeping this one in my library.
I pride myself on finishing every book I start, and I did with this one, but it was like pulling teeth. By the time I got to the last five pages, I was just ready for it to be over.
If you like good mysteries, good World War I historical novels, or good thrillers, do yourself a favor - PASS THIS ONE UP.
I figured the missing mother was going to come into the story alive, somewhere along the line. So much time was spent on the mutual angst of the two characters. Nobody moans that much, and has someone stick around to listen to it.
The second half picked up somewhat, and I really enjoyed the snippets by each of the brothers ... their take on their childhood, and on World War I. It was partly because of Todd I became interested in WWI. I am really hoping the next one is more like his original series...